romantic drama

Starring Vivek Oberoi, Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan, Sunil Shetty, Om Puri, Rati Agnihotri and Tinu Anand

Direction : Samir Karnik

Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy


      reviewed by Jox

Lets curse the makers of MUJHE KUCH KEHNA HAI...because that would have made a better title for this flick about a guy who simply cannot admit that he is in love with this gorgeous girl, until its gets too late. Strange, because everything hinted to it and yet the guy could not realize it. Probably the only thing missing were some of those neon signboards.

Anyways, the much hyped pair of Aishwarya Rai and Vivek Oberoi gets together for the first time in this Boney Kapoor flick directed by newcomer Samir Karnik. 


Diya Malhotra (Aishwarya Rai) is a hard working young lady who very much believes in the concept of love. On the other hand we have  Arjun (Vivek Oberoi) who claims to have no 'haar' and 'pyaar' in his dictionary and is content with any woman that his mother choses. 

Fate however pits Diya and Arjun together when Diya goes to Mumbai to write her exams and ends up staying in Arjun's house while she prepares for the exams. That short stay was enough has Diya hooked, and Arjun confused. Though the writing is clearly on the wall, Arjun still refuses to accept that the feelings that he has for this girl is nothing but love.

A disappointed and dejected Diya heads back to her home in Coorg and gets on with her life in her plantations and at her favorite uncle's house who runs a orphanage. And Arjun lands up there too begging for forgiveness and joining in the fun.

But Arjun still does not think he loves Diya. Or does he? Well, he better make up his mind since in pops Ishaan (suniel Shetty) who is returning from US to his orphanage home to meet up with his loved ones with an intention of settling down.


So where things falter? Well, that is simple- total lack of chemistry. Agreed, that they are the hottest pair on the gossip circles, but on screen the Obe-Rai pair just fails to generate any of that sizzle and sparkle. As a result, we might not really fall for their love interests the way one expects.

Then the problem comes with the rather mediocre first half where Vivek's character tries some silly stuffs all across the board, and surprisingly Ash's character, who seems to be a more level-headed kinda person falls for all this silliness. And not for a moment did their acting look any natural. 

Vivek Oberoi did impress me in his YUVA, but here he was trying all over. He was a little overboard when it came to the initial hearty-hearty scenes, and then he gets into the groove in the second part of the film and just when you think he has control over things, its time for his emotional act and he falters again. A very inconsistent performace...keeping in sync with his career graph, I guess.

Aishwarya Rai on the other hand hasn't looked as gorgeous as this, since her she ran across the fields in KANDUKONDEIN KANDUKONDEIN. Though her acting too was a wee bit inconsistent, she seemed to be a more captivating feature of the movie. And had a tough time though deciding which looked cuter, Ash or her gorgeous curly locks. 

If this film survives, then all the credit goes to the respectable show by the support cast. While Om Puri as Vivek's father gets the ball rolling in the first half, Amitabh does weave in the magic splendidly in the second half. (Probably that explains his hand movement when he utters the title). Amitabh is still quite good and havent lost his comic touch at all.  Suniel Shetty also pops in the second half and does everything what you expect a cameo like that needs to deliver. Good support from Rati Agnihotri and Tinnu Anand. 

The real strength of the movie in one way lies in the wonderful music score provided by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio.  The songs are a wonderful bunch to listen and even on screen they are well presented and well spaced out too.

The screenplay and scripting is also quite inconsistent. While the second half does manage to score on several occasions, the first half was a little too lame in executing its 'Maine Pyar Kiya' act. Many of the humor just failed to click the way the makers intended to. And what looked like a love story till interval suddenly takes a kiddie - family friendly approach post interval, until Sunil Shetty's character comes in and brings the story back on its track. Newcomer director Samir Karnik could have used a little better control over things.

All said and done, this is certainly a decent product very much in the ranks of the Aishwarya flick of last year, KUCH NAA KAHO. The only difference is this time around, she is furious because the guy is not saying anything. Have to admit, women, the toughest thing to understand.

Oh before I forget, no need to get carried away with that big 'first kiss' tale of Ash-Vivek. Ha- you call that a kiss?!?!

So back to the movie, pretty decent and worth a watch. But nothing exceptional, no groundbreaking stuff this and probably could have been way better than the final product. But then isn't every other Bollywood product hum the same tune? 



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